"Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?'" (John 21:15)

Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?"
He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."
He said to him, "Feed My lambs."

(John 21:15)

Think how wonderful it must have been for Peter to see the risen Lord on the shore of the Sea of Galilee! Peter had been with the Lord for about three years, following Him and learning from Him. Then he had been devastated by the Lord's arrest and death. Now the Lord met with His disciples again, in the full glory of His Divine Human, and He gave Peter the charge to feed and tend His flock.

Peter symbolizes faith. Sometimes he is like a strong living faith, in which truths are joined with love and applied to life. Sometimes he is like a weak faith, in which truths are understood intellectually but are not used. We can see the vacillating nature of faith in the various stories about what Peter did and said in the gospels. Peter's story reminds us that even though our faith may sometimes fail us, the Lord's love and care is constant; He seeks to be always present with us. And through the strength of His presence, we can put His truths to work in our life, conjoining faith with love, as Peter used what he had learned from the Lord in teaching and leading people.

This topic focuses on the importance of having a true faith in the Risen Lord, as illustrated by the disciple, Peter. This real faith is an internal acknowledgement of the truth that the glorified Lord, the Divine Human, is our God and our Savior. There are a wealth of resources on Peter's spiritual journey and how we can develop true faith in our Lord.

Highlights include:

"Having Faith in the Lord" by the Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh

  Easter Prayers for Teens (PDF)

"Being Like Peter" by the Rev. Morley D. Rich

  Diorama of Easter Morning at the Sepulcher (PDF)

Walking on Water Project (PDF)

"The Divine Human" by the Rt. Rev. Thomas L. Kline

  Food for Thought - The Passion of the Cross (PDF)